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Visitors at the Islamic Exibition in Bangalore

Visitors at the Islamic Exibition in Bangalore (see report)


Hyderabad: Sixth All India Urdu Book Fair was held in Hyderabad from 4 to 12 December in which 75 well-known Urdu publishing and selling houses from all over the country had put up stalls. The Fair was jointly organised by National Council for the Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL), Andhra Pradesh Urdu Academy, Anjuman Taraqqi Urdu and other organisations. According to NCPUL’s director, Hamidullah Bhatt, this Council along with Khuda Bakhsh Library, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, National Book Trust and Urdu Academies of many states had put up about 8 lakh Urdu books on all subjects for exhibition and sale and books worth Rs 23 lakh were sold. Conferences, cultural programmes and seminars were also held during the fair in which speakers made fervent appeals for promotion and popularisation of Urdu in all possible ways because this language is the symbol of Muslim identity and culture.

New Delhi: Fifteenth Seminar of Islamic Fiqh Academy (India) will be held in Srinagar in May 2005. This was decided by the executive committee of the Academy in its recent meeting held in Delhi. Among the topics for discussion will be effects of genetic science on Tibb and death, Shari'a orders on medical insurance, credit card etc. It may be noted that in its 14 earlier seminars held so far, it has pronounced judgements on more than 40 problems from the points of Islamic fiqh or jurisprudence after holding discussions and consultations with ulama, jurists and experts.

New Delhi: Jamia Millia Islamia is presently organising a 3 - week training programme for Islamic madrasa teachers with effect from 15 December in its Faculty of Education Conference hall. The teachers will be guided and apprised about psychology of students, teaching and learning problems, modern methods of teaching, teaching aids and devices, planning of lessons and courses, revision of lessons and courses, use of computer in teaching, educational problems of Muslim community, problems and difficulties faced by madrasas etc. The programme will come to an end on 4 January 2005.

New Delhi: Majlis Tabligh-e Qur’an organised a 2 - day Qira't Competition in Jama Masjid’s Urdu Park on 29th and 30th of last month in which 45 Qaris from Hyderabad, Bihar, Rajasthan, Uttaranchal, UP, Haryana etc took part. In addition to them some Qaris from Indonesia also took part though they did not participate in the competition. A large gathering enjoyed the stylish recitation of the Holy Qur’an. In particular the Qaris from Indonesia appeared to have mesmerised the audience by their excellent recitation of the Holy Qur’an. Though the function continued till late at night, only 21 Qaris could participate on the first day. The remaining ones presented their recitation on the next day. Awards were distributed by Shoaib Iqbal, deputy speaker in Delhi Assembly.

Aligarh: Aligarh Muslim University’s Women’s College Students Union was set up here on 17 December when the Students Union president, Ilma Gauhar, vice president Fauzia Zulfiqar, secretary Tabinda Iqbal, treasurer Nilofar Khan and other office bearers were administered the oath of office. Members of the students union cabinet were also administered the oaths of offices. Chief Election Officer and Women’s College principal, Prof Amna Kishwar urged the union and cabinet members to maintain and promote the enviable tradition of the University and not to indulge in activities which would bring bad name to the University and College. 

Lucknow: After 12th anniversary of Babri Masjid’s demolition on 6 December, CBI appears to be sharpening its rusted weapons. It has reconstituted its legal team and re-inducted some of the officers who were removed during BJP-led NDA government, most important of whom is CBI lawyer, P.K. Chaubey who told the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court that there are enough proofs for filing court cases against L.K. Advani, M.M. Joshi and 8 others in the Babri demolition case. He told the special court of Justice Y.R. Tirpathy on 14 December that according to the FIR No 198/92 filed on 6 December 1992 in connection with provocative speeches asking lakhs of karsevak’s to demolish the Babri Masjid, there are enough proofs on the basis of which legal cases can be filed against all the accused. 

Rampur: Film actress and Samajwadi Party MP from Rampur, Jayaprada has announced a large amount from her MP find quota for developmental projects of Muslims and public institutions. In her speech at a reception in her honour she announced the donation of Rs 50 lakh for Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar University and an other amount of Rs 5 lakh for computer section of a girls madrasa and yet other amounts of Rs fifty thousand each for computer rooms from her MP quota. She said that Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh also announced in Lucknow donation of Rs one crore for the proposed university.

New Delhi: A literary meeting was held in Ghalib Academy, New Delhi on 19 December in which Urdu professor Bushra Iqbal of Air-Fort University, Prof (Dr) Jamal Malik of Department of Theology and Cultural History and Mustafa Karim, renowned short story writer of England among others spoke. Bushra Iqbal said that though a department of Urdu has been setup in this university there are only 8-10 students in this department because there is neither Urdu environment in Airfort city nor any Urdu association nor people of South Asia there. Prof Jamal Malik said that in the West 18th century is considered the century of enlightenment, in the Indian subcontinent it is considered the century of decline but it is really not so from the point of view of Urdu literature because this was the time when Indian nawabs and princes promoted Urdu language, literature and culture. Mustafa Karim drew a dark picture of western society and said that after 1962 there is sexual anarchism, growing use of drugs among school and college boy and girl students, pop culture, homosexuality and lesbianism . Though there is vast progress in other fields but the other side cannot be overlooked.

Saharanpur: A meeting of Urdu Teachers Association was held here on 20 December in which concern was expressed over non-availability of Urdu books to students in spite of the fact that half of academic session has passed. Former president of the Association, Mohd Azam Khan and its convener Salimur Rahman held local officers responsible for this who are discriminating against Urdu and Urdu teachers. Salaries of newly appointed Urdu teachers are also being withheld by them without any reason and lady teachers in Burqa are being posted in far flung areas because of which they are facing great difficulties. They demanded removal of these difficulties at the earliest. 

Book on SEX released
Saharanpur: Renowned journalist, Kuldip Nayyar who released Dr Javed Jameel’s English book The Clear Sex’ at an impressive function here said that if students and young generation are imparted correct and useful education about sex, they can be prevented from adopting wrong paths. He said that even in this modern age people are hesitant about sex education being imparted to young generation. He hoped that this book of Dr Javed Jameel will be very useful to young generation and will prove to be a mile stone. Sanjay Garg, a minister of UP government, also praised Dr Javed’s book and said that through this book he is trying to lead the young generation to a new direction which will be very useful for them as well as for the country.

Bhopal: Results of 66 ward corporators of Bhopal Municipal Corporation have been declared. BJP of course has secured an absolute majority in these elections but the post of mayor has gone to Congress. Of the 66 elected members 15 are Muslims all of whom belong to Congress Party. The elections were held last month. Congress candidate Sunil Sood defeated his BJP rival Bhagwan Das Senani for the mayor’s post.

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